Graduate student work

Seize the unique opportunity to do research at a national U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility located on the campus of a major research university. 
 
What makes us unique 
Leading scientists from the global research community come to FRIB to conduct their research at the scientific user facility. The strong interaction between the experimental and theoretical scientists creates an open and academically stimulating atmosphere. 

Hosting the most powerful superconducting heavy-ion linear accelerator, FRIB is widely recognized for its cutting-edge research in nuclear science, nuclear astrophysics, accelerator physics, and engineering. This is evidenced by the large number of publications in high-quality refereed journals and invited talks at national and international conferences. 

Most graduate students are financially supported with research assistantships when working on thesis projects. Exceptional students can be awarded an FRIB fellowship. 
 
As the premier rare isotope facility in the United States for the next decade, FRIB is a high national priority, and its science is aligned with national priorities articulated by federal advisory panels. Experimental and theoretical insight gained at FRIB will lead to a comprehensive description of nuclei, elucidate the origin of the elements in the cosmos, provide an understanding of matter in the crust of neutron stars, and establish the scientific foundation for applications of nuclear science to society. 
 
Experimental science and nuclear theory 
Graduate students in experimental nuclear science will be involved in all aspects of performing an experiment at FRIB: Writing a proposal which will be reviewed by an external Program Advisory Committee, designing an experiment, setting up the hardware, writing data acquisition and analysis code, analyzing, simulating, and interpreting the results, and finally writing a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.  

You have access to world experts who frequently visit the laboratory and collaborate closely with local faculty. 
 
Accelerator physics 
Students in accelerator physics participate in the development of state-of-the-art technologies to create and manipulate beams of charged particles. You greatly benefit from the in-house expertise and resources associated with running FRIB. 
 
Meaningful work and travel 
You will be busy and have wide-ranging experiences as an FRIB Laboratory graduate student. As a graduate student, you will: 

  • take an active part in the organization and daily business of FRIB and are represented on most laboratory committees. 
  • routinely present your new results at important national and international conferences. This provides exposure to senior colleagues and helps in finding new job opportunities after graduation. 
  • administer your own office space, meet weekly, and organize your own seminar series. 
  • contribute to many of the outreach activities offered through FRIB and participate in the governance process of the College of Natural Science and the Council of Graduate Students. 

Networking and fellowship 
FRIB graduate students also are encouraged to participate in some of the many student organizations at MSU. Including: